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Costco ground coffee for French Press?

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Costco ground coffee for French Press?

I use the Kirkland ground coffee (big round gold coloured can) for brewing. I gave my brewer up to our Airbnb unit, and since I’m the only one who drinks coffee and only a cup or two a day, bought the Grosche Dublin French press from Costco online. But I’m wondering if there’s a ground coffee available at the Costco warehouse that’s not too finely ground for a French press. Does anyone here have experience with using ground Costco coffee in a French press?
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If you're a fan of coffee, I'd highly recommend buying whole beans and grinding yourself. It's an extra step, and you need an extra piece of equipment, but the flavour is so much better. Pre-ground coffee is usually meant for a drip machine, whereas a more coarse grind is better suited for a French press. Grinding right before you brew, you'll notice the freshness right away. You also get more options if you go with whole beans.

But if you don't want to go the grinder way, I think your options are limited to Kirkland, McDonald's, Tim's, and maybe William or Zavida. I've had the William whole beans before and liked it.
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You would want to grind them very coarse aka thicker then preground coffee... otherwise they could go through the mesh filter...
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Frank311 wrote: If you're a fan of coffee, I'd highly recommend buying whole beans and grinding yourself. It's an extra step, and you need an extra piece of equipment, but the flavour is so much better. Pre-ground coffee is usually meant for a drip machine, whereas a more coarse grind is better suited for a French press. Grinding right before you brew, you'll notice the freshness right away. You also get more options if you go with whole beans.
+1, the coffee flavour is mainly in the gasses inside the beans. Ground beans have lost most of the real flavour as the gasses escape in 15-20 minutes.
Furthermore, ground (and whole) beans sold in mass stores are made artificially stale, otherwise the oils would go rancid in the 6-12 months they rattle around in the retail distribution channels.
Real coffee taste = freshly roasted + freshly ground + temperature controlled brewing system. Actual boiling water is too hot for coffee!
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Jucius Maximus wrote: Real coffee taste = freshly roasted + freshly ground + temperature controlled brewing system. Actual boiling water is too hot for coffee!
My temperature control is "unplug the kettle and count to 30". Works alright for me, I haven't noticed a big difference over using just boiled water.
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Shaynelle wrote: I use the Kirkland ground coffee (big round gold coloured can) for brewing. I gave my brewer up to our Airbnb unit, and since I’m the only one who drinks coffee and only a cup or two a day, bought the Grosche Dublin French press from Costco online. But I’m wondering if there’s a ground coffee available at the Costco warehouse that’s not too finely ground for a French press. Does anyone here have experience with using ground Costco coffee in a French press?
Costco coffee is "regular" grind and it will work in the french press.
"You do want a coarse grind for french press coffee. The key is letting the coffee steep for long enough to make a strong brew."
https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparatio ... ench-press

As others have said, fresh grind is always best but if you can't regular grind stored in a freezer will do.
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